Friday, November 20, 2015

Pizza celebration for victory in the pig race
 We had a busy week!
Our week was spent deep in drafting our personal narratives.
Students creatively wrote in their writing journals and then transferred their narratives into their google drives. Once they had their stories on the computers, we could get busy with looking at details and techniques for strengthening their pieces. Students learned about thought shots(blowing up a moment in great details or looking back at a moment). We looked at ways we could use figurative language to help the reader see the moment. By Friday, we had a mini lesson talking about passive verbs such as were, is and was. We learned that overusing these verbs can make a writing more of a "telling" instead of a "showing" narrative. We will continue our narrative work after the holiday with a look at adding meaningful dialogue and strong endings. 
Figuratively Speaking Poster

We continued our read a loud Animal House and Iz and our study of character traits. Students took notes about characters based on what a character did and said. 

We also had a chance to share our "Figuratively Speaking" posters with the other fifth grade classrooms. The students all did a super job creatively writing about a picture of themselves using metaphors, similes, and personification.

Mr. Smith and I were extremely pleased with the maturity the students showed during our lockdown drill. They did such a super job, we decided to go outside at the end of the day for a class kickball game. Students laughing and the sun shining, what a great way to end our week. ENJOY!
*  5th grade Friends/Pie Celebration is next Tuesday at 1:00
*  No school Nov. 25, 26, & 27. Happy Thanksgiving!

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